Brooke First African-American Sen. Since Reconstruction

May 2013
Moderate Voice;5/23/2013, p3
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The article presents information on Edward Brooke, the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. Brooke was elected in 1996 from Massachusetts, an electorate that was just 3% black at that time. He grew up in Washington, and always had harmonious relationship with white communities. Brooke also served in the Army and felt racial discrimination more keenly. His political career started in 1960 when he won the nomination for a statewide office in Massachusetts.


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